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    Present Tense

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    It’s a quiz on Facebook. It’s a plot point in every time travel movie. The thought of it might keep you awake at night. Do you want to know the day that you’ll die? Do you want to plan? Have time to travel? Spend all of your money...

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    Management of Open Fractures

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses the basics of emergency treatment for open fractures. Initial patient care, pain management, and wound care are discussed.

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    Burette Use

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), discusses the advantages of using a burette in the ICU and how to add medications to a burette for patient administration.

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    Lowering Inventory Costs

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    Inventory is a large expense and can also be a large loss if it is not monitored properly.  Sales of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, surgical supplies, and vaccines are a sizable source of revenue for veterinary hospita...

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    Late Night Phone Call

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    I spent my whole life, fighting myself That I can’t win so I'm inviting some help  -2Pac One day at a time Several weeks ago I had a late phone call from one of my colleagues at DoveLewis. I almost didn’t answer the p...

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    Staff Recruiting

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    Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses tips for successful staff recruiting including where to advertise, interviewing tips, and reference checks on potential employees.

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    Cleaning Exam Rooms

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    DoveLewis technician assistant, Amy Lacey, describes the procedure for cleaning an exam room before the next patient arrives.

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    Finding Your Management Strengths

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    Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of different personality types and how they affect both communication and management. Finding your strengths and recognizing your weaknesses as a manager can propel you...

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    Severe Pododermatitis

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    In this video, Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, describes a case of severe dermatitis in a dog in the ICU. Diagnosis and treatment of this care are discussed. 

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    Canine Bacterial Cholangiohepatitis

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    Clinical case A 9-year-old spayed female 9.1 kg American Eskimo was referred for further evaluation of elevated liver enzymes. She was initially seen by her primary care veterinarian with an acute history of vomiting and diarrh...

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    Are You Being Utilized?

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    I love giving lectures at veterinary conferences. Love it. I get the opportunity to talk about what I love, to share my passion with equally nerdy technicians, and I get to hear about medicine and cases in different hospitals arou...

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    Unblocking a Cat

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    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, demonstrates how to perform a urinary deobstruction in a cat. Different types of urinary catheters, placement, securing the catheter, and placement radiographs are discussed.

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    Working in a Fishbowl Environment

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    Client Service Representative at DoveLewis, Kaitlyn Sanborn, talks with Monica Maxwell, SPHR, about the challenges of always being “on” while working at the front desk in full view of clients. Communication ideas between the front...

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    Patient Confidentiality

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    Client Service Representative at DoveLewis, Kaitlyn Sanborn, and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discuss the patient confidentiality policy in the hospital and how to go about educating clients to this policy.

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    RadLand: Summer Grilling

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    A 9-month old Labrador retriever presented with a two-day history of anorexia following ingestion of garbage. No vomiting or diarrhea was reported and the patient was slightly lethargic. Abdominal palpation revealed a tense abdome...

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    Anesthesia in Brachycephalics

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    Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), discusses the special considerations for anesthesia in brachycephalic breeds. Differences in pre-operative and post-operative monitoring are covered.

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    Working Interviews: Why and How

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    Let's face it. Hiring is one of the most important business decisions we make in our practice. We (hopefully) invest quite a bit of time and energy into making the right decision so that we can avoid the ripple effects of making a...

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    Vaccines: Why Are We Vaccinating

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    Becky Smith, CVT, VTS(Clinical Practice), from Rose City Veterinary Hospital, discusses the herd health immunity importance behind vaccines for dogs and cats. AAHA and AAFP core and non-core vaccines and the diseases they protect...

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    Activated Clotting Time

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to perform an activated clotting time test. With the current backorder of in-house PT/aPTT tests, veterinary staff may be called on to perform this test more frequently.

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    atdove.org and VHMA: Better Together

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    We're excited to annouce a new partnership with the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association! VHMA is a professional organization that supports veterinary practice managers by offering educational resources, promoting certifi...

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    Uroabdomen Management

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses a patient that presented to the ER with severe azotemia and hyperkalemia diagnosed with uroabdomen. Dr. Zadeh discusses various ways to diagnose uroabdomen as well as emergency treatme...

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    The Declaw Debate

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    The Oregon state legislature is voting this week on a bill that would almost outlaw declawing cats and debarking dogs. The reason I say almost is that there are a few exceptions to this bill. Declawing a cat would be allowed...

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    Safety Evacuation Plan

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    DoveLewis Safety Manager, Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, and Director of Services, Jerry Holder, discuss the annual DoveLewis fire evacuation drill in accordance with OSHA standards. The staff evacuation component as well as the b...

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    Just Me and the Cats

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    Growing up, my siblings and I were animal lovers but never had many pets. We had to relocate often due to my dad’s Coast Guard career, and my parents were understandably wary of adding animals to our very mobile family. Early on i...

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    End Tidal C02: Worth the Investment?

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    If I were to take away all of your fancy anesthesia monitoring equipment save ONE monitoring parameter, which would you choose to keep? Between heart rate/ECG, ETC02, Sp02, blood pressure (non-invasive but you can choose Dopple...

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    Journal Club II

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    Lee Herold, DVM, DACVECC, does the work for you by summarizing practical evidence based information from the last year in veterinary journals. Topics include urinary tract disease in dogs, antibiotic use in urinary tract disease,...

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    Dealing with Difficult Clients

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    DoveLewis Client Service Representative, Kaitlyn Sanborn, sits down with Monica Maxwell, SPHR, to discuss the various stresses on clients in emergency situations, and to talk about best practices for diffusing difficult clien...

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    Tick-Nemesis

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    Jerry had Newman. Harry had Voldemort. I have ticks. I only recently found out ticks are my archenemies. This spring they sent me a formal declaration of war via my dog. It's been rough. Most people I talk to think we are tic...

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    Urinary Catheter in a Male Dog

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to place a urinary catheter in a male dog. In this case, the catheter was temporary meant to drain the bladder for patient comfort; a similar approach can be used for an indwelling u...

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    Why I Left Nursing

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    Having an RN at the end of my name gave me everything I wanted. I completed nursing school at 26 years of age after completing a master’s degree in Trumpet Performance at USC. I had two babies 11 months apart while getting my RN a...

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    Closing a Cystotomy

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    Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, demonstrates how to close a cystotomy incision in the case in a patient with severe cystitis. Dr. Magee uses a double layer closure and discusses suture material choices, leak testing, and urinary cathete...

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    Winning the Career Lottery

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    When I tell people I am a veterinarian, I usually hear one of two questions, “Have you always wanted to be a veterinarian?” and “Do you have a lot of pets?” And much to their surprise my answer is...

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    Anaphylaxis Q & A

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    Q: What is anaphylaxis? A: Anaphylaxis is a type I hypersensitivity reaction. In type I hypersensitivity reactions antigens bind to preformed IgE present on mast cells and stimulate mast cell degranulation. Anaphylactic reaction...

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    Finding Your Passion

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    Like many young children, I was veritably obsessed with animals. By the time I was 5 years old I knew that one day I would be a veterinarian. And since we all know it didn’t really happen unless you have a t-shirt to prove it......

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    Cleaning Kennels

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to clean and disinfect a kennel between patients.

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    When to Say Goodbye

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    My recent experience saying goodbye to our pug Lucy led me to the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program and Enid Traisman, program director and certified grief counselor. Ron: I work in a building where end of life for animals i...

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    My Two Favorite Superheroes

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    It has been a while since my last blog and I have been thinking what my few readers would find interesting. I think we all love superhero stories, but mine just so happen to be real. My favorite superheroes have saved countless li...

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    Tiny Talk - Hypokalemia

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses hypokalemia in dogs and cats. Common causes, clinical signs, treatment, and patient monitoring are covered.

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    What Leadership Is, and What It Is Not

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    Leadership. It is a simple word with complex meaning. One of the biggest issues I see managers make, new and old, is the assumption that a title automatically dictates the authority of a leader. Anyone who’s been around the block...

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    Tiny Talk – Heart Rate and Anesthesia

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses the common causes of tachycardia and bradycardia under anesthesia. By emphasizing the big picture, she discusses ways the anesthetist can determine the cause and begin treatment for abnorma...

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    Critical Thinking in Critical Care

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    The intensive care unit (ICU) is literally where life and death decisions are made. I have seen firsthand, over the past 12 years working in the ICU, how important critical thinking is to providing premier care with the best chanc...

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    Pulse Oximetry (SpO2)

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    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), demonstrates how to obtain a pulse oximetry reading (SpO2) on a dog. A brief explanation of how the machine works is followed by best locations to obtain the reading.

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    Check Your 'Tude at the Door

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    Who you aim to be Who you claim to be Do you aim to be Insane bane with me Can you hang with me Man claim strange with me Dangerously Then tell me who you came to see Tech N9ne (Anghellic) Recently a staff m...

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    Feline Acne

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, discusses feline acne in a cat. While not usually considered an emergency, it can prove painful to the cat and distressing to the owner. Diagnosing true feline acne as opposed to pyoderma, treat...

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    There's an Opossum in My Bed!

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    I was privileged to work at Veterinary Services of Wickford in Saunderstown, Rhode Island for five years. They not only take care of small animals and exotics but also have a wildlife clinic attached to the building. The Wildlife...

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    Tiny Talk - Hyponatremia

    Views: 3,687 - Comments: 0

    Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS(ECC), covers the basics of hyponatremia in dogs and cats. Common causes, clinical signs, treatment, and monitoring are covered.

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    Can vs. Should

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    Just because we can doesn’t mean we should… Those words are heard in ICUs around the country – for animal and people alike. We have reached a point where medicine can do amazing things, but it may not always be working for us....

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    Think Positive

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    Daily affirmations were not invented by Saturday Night Live's Stuart Smalley, but this character played by comedian Al Franken popularized - though undoubtedly also mocked - the idea of affirmations. Even if you don't k...

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    Transfusion Medicine to the Rescue

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    A seven-year-old, 6.3kg, spayed female Border Terrier was referred to DoveLewis for evaluation of pleural effusion and coagulopathy. She had originally presented to her primary veterinarian earlier in the day due to a 24-hour hist...

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    Medical Errors

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    Ladan Mohammad-Zadeh, DVM, DACVECC, takes this hour to discuss medical errors. She covers classification of errors, what to do when errors occur in the hospital, owner communication, and some personal examples of medical errors an...

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